Category: Clean Energy

Powerful influence: NWE proves strong adversary in Montana politics – Bozeman Daily Chronicle, March 8, 2015

March 9, 2015
By Troy Carter During the year’s legislative session, Bozeman legislators Mike Phillips, a Democrat, and Art Wittich, a Republican, joined in an almost unheard of bipartisan attempt to raise the cap on net-metering in Montana, a policy that credits homeowners for electricity they produce in excess of their consumption. NorthWestern Energy, the monopoly that owns Montana’s power grid, opposed the bill and five others affecting utilities in the state. Last week the legislative session hit the halfway mark,...
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USDA helping farmers obtain renewable energy – Climate Progress, March 5, 2015

March 5, 2015
USDA helping farmers obtain renewable energy By Ari Phillips The clean energy business has a potentially unexpected ally: the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As part of the 2014 Farm Bill passed last year, the normally food-focused USDA is now offering farmers and rural small business owners financial assistance in installing clean energy systems and taking measures to improve energy efficiency. More than $280 million will be provided through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) in the form...
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Farmer hero: Dena Hoff stands up against pipelines – Farm Aid, March 2, 2015

March 3, 2015
Emily Eagan blog Back in mid-January, Governor Steve Bullock declared a state of emergency due to a pipeline rupture spilling as much as 50,000 gallons of crude oil into eastern Montana’s swift natural beauty, the Yellowstone River. Among the folks impacted by this spill is Dena Hoff, a dedicated family farmer activist and Montana farmer herself since 1979. Since she could walk behind Grandma Mamie in her garden, Dena has been transfixed with the world of agriculture. As a young...
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Press release: Survey of NorthWestern Energy customers finds Montanans support renewable energy, Feb. 26, 2015

February 26, 2015
By Northern Plains Resource Council Over four weeks in January-February 2015, Northern Plains Resource Council, a conservation and family agriculture organization, informally polled the opinions of NorthWestern Energy customers across Montana regarding on-site renewable energy generation, such as rooftop solar, small-scale wind. A total of 368 Montanans from across the state responded to a short six-question survey, which was promoted via Facebook. 
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Too many broken pipelines: Fort Peck Reservation passes resolution opposing Keystone XL through Montana – Indian Country Today, Feb. 24, 2015

February 25, 2015
Too many broken pipelines: Fort Peck Reservation passes resolution opposing Keystone XL through Montana Jack McNeel The Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation have passed a resolution opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, the first reservation in Montana to do so. The pipeline would jeopardize drinking water projects for the reservation, tribal officials told Indian Country Today Media Network....
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Letter: Utility’s argument against net metering doesn’t hold up – Billings Gazette, Feb. 24, 2015

February 24, 2015
Efficient lights and appliances, turned off when not needed, and rooftop solar electricity reduce the electricity we purchase from NorthWestern Energy. According to deceptive reasoning in NWE's Feb. 14 guest editorial, electricity we generate and use ourselves costs NWE $108 per megawatt hour. NWE misleadingly claims that by not paying this, we shift costs to people who use more NWE electricity. NWE illogically thinks this is not fair. In summer when our solar panels generate more electricity than...
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Press release: Northern Plains welcomes Obama Keystone XL veto, protection of property rights – Feb. 24, 2015

February 24, 2015
NORTHERN PLAINS WELCOMES OBAMA KEYSTONE XL VETO, PROTECTION OF PROPERTY RIGHTS  By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. -- “President Obama made the right decision for America today -- especially for those of us along the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route,” said Chuck Nerud, a Circle-area rancher and member of Northern Plains Resource Council, a conservation and family agriculture group based in Billings, Montana. “Congress attempted to circumvent the State Department’s review process including the Environmental Impact Statement and National Interest...
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AP Exclusive: Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year – Associated Press, Feb. 22, 2015

February 23, 2015
By Matthew Brown and Josh Funk BILLINGS, Mont. — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S. The projection comes from a previously unreported analysis by the Department of Transportation that reviewed the risks of moving...
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Guest editorial: NorthWestern Energy protects monopoly status – Billings Gazette, Feb. 12, 2015

February 13, 2015
By Mary Fitzpatrick We are citizens who lobbied our legislators in support of the recently tabled bills that would have expanded opportunities for individual Montanans to generate renewable energy for their homes or businesses. Known as “net metering,” our proposals would have removed needless legal barriers so that on-site renewable electrical generation could be less costly and more accessible to all Montanans. No one was surprised to find that the biggest opponent was our very own utility, NorthWestern...
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